According to the findings of a recent poll, the greatest regret for the over 50s is not travelling enough, with 91% of them wishing they’d seen more of the world.
The good news is that two thirds of those polled said they were already planning to make up for it by jetting off to different destinations around the world.
Regardless of whether you have lots of travel experience or not, there are a few things you may need to consider when travelling abroad as a mature traveller.
Choosing the right destination
Booking a holiday to a cheap destination in the sun such as Ibiza or Magaluf may seem attractive, particularly if you’ve been there before and enjoyed it. However, as a mature traveller, do you really want to be surrounded by loud, party-going revellers that flock to these resorts in huge numbers?
What might have seemed like a boring holiday in your 20s may just be the perfect place to visit as an over 50s traveller. From a luxury cruise to the road-trip you’ve always dreamed of, adventure comes in all shapes and sizes.
When travelling abroad, it’s essential that you have travel insurance in case anything goes wrong. Although, one of the main disadvantages for older travellers is that they encounter much higher insurance premiums, particularly if they’re over 65.
Shopping around for companies that specialise in travel insurance for people over 50 will often give the best value for money and many will be able to provide tailor-made options to cover almost any medical needs.
Health & Well-being
If you’re jetting abroad, ensure you’re vaccinated against any diseases before you go. Your local GP will offer some vaccinations for free, but others can cost around £50. Some even require more than one dose, meaning costs shoot up quickly. To find out which you need, the NHS Fit For Travel website has a handy country-by-country guide.
Consider Travel Options
Before booking a car hire for your holidays you might want to consider some alternatives. Unnecessary car hire can be expensive and stressful, particularly if your journey begins from a major city destination.
If you plan to spend most of your time lounging in the sun rather than travelling, a few taxi rides may be cheaper and more convenient than hiring a car. Check out the international taxi fare calculator to get an estimate of what journeys might cost.
Do your research
Whether you’re looking for ideas on a suitable holiday destination or have another travel related query, there are several sites and forums out there dedicated to helping mature travellers, with personal advice on everything from car hire and insurance, to holiday packages and attraction reviews.
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The Ultimate American Road Trip: Route 66
If you’re looking for the omega American road trip then you’ve got to hit the Mother Road, otherwise known as Route 66. From Chicago to LA, it’s a journey that’ll provide the experience of a lifetime, showing you the heart of a great nation.
Start in Chicago & Chase the Sun
In reality, the best always head west. Would you rather end the trip in the Windy City, or just in time to catch a gorgeous L.A. sunset on the beach? There’s just something deeply spiritual for folks when we head west. It becomes an adventure. It becomes a vehicular voyage to the sea. Here are some of the highlights you can expect in order:
• Illinois: It’s a pretty straight shot through the state from Chicago through Springfield (which has some stretches of restored Route 66) and southwest to St. Louis. There’s a bit of the bright lights of big cities, but also a good calm stretch of rural to cruise through as well; vast fields of corn and farmland for close to 300 miles.
• Missouri: Once you hit East St. Louis you’ll again be greeted by sky scrapers, industrial areas and the mark of modernity but then it’s another SE straight shot through the entire belly of the state.
• Kansas: You’re only going to spend a little time in the good’ol Kansas heartland. And by little we mean a whopping 14 miles far down in the bottom south east corner. You’ll go through two towns: Galena and Baxter Springs but rest assured there’s great classic restaurants and places that’ve been open as long as Route 66 has been around. In fact, it’s because of road tripper like you just passin’on through that keep’em goin.
• Oklahoma: You’re going to go through two huge metropolises that have “country” written all over’em: Tulsa first and then into Oklahoma City before heading directly west towards the Pan Handle. Of all 8 states, it’s here that they take Route 66 the most seriously. It’s got the most preserved still-drivable miles and you’ll be able to see the remnants of Kiowa, Apache and Comanche Native American land. And, you’ll get to take the same route as families long ago in the Dust Bowl took to escape.
• Texas: You’re going to go through the upper tip of the Texas Pan Handle that takes you through Amarillo. It looks short on a map but the 200-mile stretch of plains is a sight to behold like none other. If you can time it so you cut through here in the afternoon on a sunny day your spirit will be recharged. Just try not to pay any attention to all the truckers!
• New Mexico: Welcome to the Land of Enchantment where you’ll pass through Sun Belt city and Albuquerque. These days, it can be a bit challenging to stay strictly on the old road but with all the sandstone mesas and pine forests it’s definitely worth it.
• Arizona: In Arizona you’ll stay in the northern plains rather than heading down into the really hot areas around Phoenix. Instead, you’ll pass directly through Flagstaff which is a mountain town and where Northern Arizona University is located. The sights here are like a completely different world from everything you’ve seen so far, especially once you begin to head south right before passing into California. Oh, and because of the high speeds on the I-40, this will feel like one of those awesome car track days.
• California: Once you reach this point get ready to cruise through rolling hills, vineyards, orchards, stunning landscapes and then at Barstow you should begin smelling the sea. From San Bernardino and Pasadena to Santa Monica it’s simply breathtaking.
This is only a taste of the experience really. You’ve just got to get out and do it. There’s plenty of great resources online to keep you on track and if you have the time you don’t have to miss a thing. Enjoy!